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PressBox: Baltimore Going Another Lap With The Grand Prix

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The checkered flag will again drop in Baltimore when the IZOD IndyCar series returns for the 2012 Labor Day weekend. Charm City entered into a five-year agreement with Downforce Racing to run the Baltimore Grand Prix. The partners in the new group are Indianapolis-based contractor Dale Dillon, as well as Felix Dawson and Daniel Reck of Wilkes Lane Capital in Baltimore.

MILLER: Barnhart out of Race Control; Angstadt resigns

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Robin Miller at SPEED reports that Brian Barnhart will move to President of Operations for INDYCAR but will no longer be involved in day-to-day management of the racing series. He also reports that INDYCAR commercial division president Terry Angstadt will be replaced by Mark Koretzky, previously director of business development.

IndyCar adopts Astor Cup as new championship trophy

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The trophy to be presented originally was commissioned by Vincent Astor, son of industrialist John Jacob Astor, to be awarded to the winner of the Astor Cup Challenge -- a 350-mile race on a 2-mile board track at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. All Indy car champions from 1909 (George Robertson; American Automobile Association) to the present are laser-etched into the two black granite bases of the sterling silver trophy. The IZOD IndyCar Series championship driver and team owner both will receive a replica, while the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy will be on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

FOX 59 in Indy leaks 2012 IndyCar oval showcar image

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In a move sure to get his butt kicked by IMS yellow shirts, Larry Hawley at FOX 59 in Indiana leaked this photo of the 2012 IndyCar in oval trim. Please note: the aero kit is for display only and, according to Tony Cotman, will not resemble the actual aero kit in use at the start of the 2012 season. CLICK HERE FOR THE ROAD COURSE VERSION

PT's Dragon: Tracy pairs up with Jay Penske in 5-race deal

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Paul Tracy will add 5 races with Jay Penske's Dragon Racing to his Indy 500 bid with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2011.

Castroneves: "We are not competing against NASCAR."

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Helio Castroneves appeared on FOX Business Network speaking about the recent rise of INDYCAR.

Firestone to stay in IZOD IndyCar Series until 2013

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Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and INDYCAR announced that Firestone will continue to serve as the sole tire supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series through the 2013 season. Late last week the companies announced that they would allow the Firestone sponsorship and supply contract to expire at the end of the 2011 season, but a last-ditch plea from INDYCAR team owners led to a compromise solution.

Vegas, Baby! IndyCar Season Finale in Sin City Oct 16

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Also announced are ticket promotions, TV schedules and a $5 million bounty for any non-IndyCar driver who comes to Vegas and wins.

DHL, Andretti Autosport sign multi-year deal

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DHL to be a primary co-sponsor for Ryan Hunter-Reay and an associate sponsor for Mike Conway.

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